We're big believers in open-ended, pretend play and encourage it regularly in our homes. Imaginative pretend play is so important and can be a treasure trove of learning opportunities for young minds. Read on to discover the developmental benefits of creative play and why you should be incorporating more of it with little ones.
Using play dough, coloured rice and paper plates, this super simple doughnut themed sensory play set up is so much fun! Toddlers can go crazy decorating their own doughnuts while learning so much more about role playing, fosters imagination and creative play.
Water beads can provide a unique calming and soothing sensory experience for children while encouraging sensory and tactile exploration. They will love exploring the slippery and bouncy nature of these balls and it also makes for a great science experiment as they patiently watch the balls grow in the water. There are so many fun ways to play with these colourful delights, here are just some of a few ways we love to use our water beads in play.
Learning about the ocean can be so exciting. From all the sea creatures, to the bright and busy coral reef - there's just so much to explore and discover. Read on to download a pack of free printable sea inspired play dough mats that'll keep little ones entertained for hours.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is one of those classic books that can be enjoyed time and time again. It's a book loved by many, including myself! Use play dough to make reading time a bit more interactive, for little ones to touch, poke and smell - as if they were a hungry caterpillar eating their way through all the delicious food! By making it fun and engaging, it allows them to be curious and learn through exploring.